Now you can invest in private companies with a chance to shine.


Private companies that exhibit long-term growth prospects are hard to reach for most investors. Not anymore.

The opportunity

  • Looking to invest in the fastest-growing, often tech-enabled, private companies in the UK and Europe
  • Exposure to mature, high-quality and high-growth businesses that are hard to access
  • Management team boasts vast investment experience, proven expertise and an enviable long-term track record


Management team

With assets under management of £8.96 bn* across its portfolio of actively managed UK equity funds, the team has significant investment experience. Richard Watts and Nick Williamson are managing the Chrysalis Investments Limited, investing in a concentrated portfolio primarily made up of UK private companies it believes have the brightest futures.

Investment objective

The Company’s investment objective is to generate long-term capital growth through investing in a portfolio consisting primarily of equity or equity related investments in unquoted companies.

*Merian Global Investors as at 30 September 2019.


Co-fund manager

Nick is a Fund Manager in the UK Small and Mid Cap team.


Co-fund manager

Richard is Head of Strategy, UK Small & Mid Cap in the UK Small & Mid Cap team.


Merian Global Investors is now a part of the Jupiter Group. Jupiter is a high conviction, active fund manager committed to making a positive difference for our clients by helping them achieve their long-term investment objectives. From its origins in 1985 as a specialist investment boutique, Jupiter now offers a broad range of actively managed strategies available to UK and international clients including equities, fixed income, multi-asset and alternatives.

  • Andrew Haining (Chairperson) (independent)

    Andrew has had a 30 year career in banking and private equity with Bank of America, CDC (now Bridgepoint) and Botts & Company. During his career, Andrew has been responsible for over 20 private equity investments with transactional values in excess of $1bn.

    Andrew holds several Guernsey and UK board positions including Chairman of Praxis Group Limited and Chairman of Aurigny, the state owned Channel Islands airline.

  • Anne Ewing (independent)

    Anne has over 35 years of financial services experience in banking, asset and fund management, corporate treasury, life insurance and the fiduciary sector.  Anne has a MSc in Corporate Governance and is a Chartered Fellow of the Securities Institute and a Fellow of ICSA.  Anne has held senior roles in Citibank, Rothschilds, Old Mutual International and KPMG and latterly has been instrumental in the start ups of a Guernsey fund manager and a fiduciary licensee.  Anne is self-employed and has a number of Non Executive Directorships and Chairman roles in investment companies, banks and trust companies in the Channel Islands and in London. Anne is currently a Senior Independent Director on the LSE listed Alcentra Floating Rate Income Fund Limited.

  • Simon Holden (independent)

    Simon is a resident of Guernsey and has more than 15 years of experience in private equity investment and portfolio company operation roles, working with Candover Investments and then Terra Firma Capital Partners since 2008. Simon left Terra Firma in late 2015 and currently serves as non-executive director of HICL Infrastructure Company (where Simon is Chair of the Risk Committee), Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited which was admitted to trading on the Specialist Fund Segment in July 2018. Simon is also a director of unlisted private equity fund boards for Permira and Blue Water Energy and holds a number of trading company board roles in both the private sector and a States of Guernsey owned trading asset. Simon graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MEng and MA (Cantab) in Manufacturing Engineering, holds both a DipIOD (Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction) and the IMC (CFA) and is a member of various financial services interests groups including the IOD, GIFA, the NED Forum and Guernsey’s IP Commercial Group.

  • Stephen Coe (independent)

    Stephen is currently chairman of European Real Estate Investment Trust Limited and director (and chairman of the audit committee) of Raven Russia Limited, South African Property Opportunities PLC, Leaf Clean Energy Company, Weiss Korean Opportunities Fund Limited and Trinity Capital PLC. Stephen has been involved with offshore investment funds and managers since 1990 with significant exposure to property, debt, emerging markets and private equity investments.  Stephen qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Bristol in 1990 and remained in audit practice, specialising in financial services, until 1997. From 1997 to 2003 Stephen was a director of the Bachmann Group of fiduciary companies and Managing Director of Bachmann Fund Administration Limited, a specialist third party fund administration company. From 2003 to 2006 Stephen was a director with Investec in Guernsey and Managing Director of Investec Trust (Guernsey) Limited and Investec Administration Services Limited. Stephen became self-employed in August 2006 providing services to financial services clients.

  • Tim Cruttenden (independent)

    Tim is Chief Executive Officer of VenCap International plc, a UK based asset management firm focused on investing in venture capital funds.  He joined VenCap in 1994 and is responsible for leading the strategy and development of the firm.  Prior to joining VenCap, Tim was an Economist and Statistician at the Association of British Insurers in London. He received his Bachelor of Science degree (with honours) in Combined Science (Economics and Statistics) from Coventry University and is an Associate of the CFA Society of the UK. Tim is a Non-Executive Director of Polar Capital Technology Trust.


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Merian Global Investors (UK) Limited (“Merian Global Investors”) is registered in England and Wales (number: 02949554) and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 171847). Its registered office is at The Zig Zag Building, 70 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6SQ, United Kingdom. Investors may only subscribe for or purchase any shares in Chrysalis Investments Limited (“CIL”) on the basis of the information in the prospectus published by CIL.

Merian Global Investors only acts for the funds to which it provides regulated investment management and transaction services and does not act for or advise potential investors in connection with acquiring shares in MCICL and will not be responsible to potential investors for providing them with protections afforded to clients of Merian Global Investors. Prospective investors are strongly advised to take their own legal, investment and tax advice from independent and suitably qualified advisers. Models constructed with Geomag.